Location: Stevens Point
Owner: Cultural Commons of Portage County, Inc.
Owner: City of Stevens Point
Concrete Supplier: County Materials Corporation
Landscape Architect: Alchemy Concrete Inc.
Concrete was a key ingredient to improving accessibility, efficiency, usability, beauty, and sustainability of the Russian Courtyard of the Cultural Commons in the form of walkways, benches, poured in place tables with stools and stamped donor recognition medallions.
Design skill for the entry walks, benches, chess tables with stools and the commemorative Rotary medallions revolved around utilizing color and texture variations concrete provided to enhance the dry laid stone walls, paver walks, and decomposed granite surfaces. Working to incorporate the color, texture, and specific design that concrete supplied with an existing palette of in-place elements was a major challenge. Adapting existing elements by adding footings for benches, tables and stools after the surrounds were constructed, was difficult.
Ready-mix concrete design and implementation provided the ability to respond to the requirements of existing elements, materials, and overall aesthetic with a very positive outcome.